Osteoporosis and the
Health of Your Bones
What Happens When Bones Become Weak, Brittle Do You Know What The Best Form of Calcium is?
and Break? If you need to take a calcium supplement, keep in mind that not
We have over 200 bones that make up our skeletal system. These all calcium supplements are created equal. Microcrystalline
bones function to move, support, and protect the various organs hydroxyapatite is a form of calcium shown to be superior to other
of the body, produce red and white blood cells and store minerals. forms of calcium. This form of calcium has been shown to be very well
Bones are at their strongest at around age thirty and thereafter their absorbed and highly effective in the management of osteoporosis.
strength and integrity begins to decline. Maintaining bone strength As well as calcium, microcrystalline hydroxyapatite also contains all
is extremely important as you age, to prevent your bones becoming the natural elements of healthy bone, including silica, boron, type
weak and brittle, and to prevent osteoporosis. 1 collagen, zinc, manganese, copper, and the all-important GAGs
(glycosaminoglycans). GAGs are proteins upon which bone tissue
is built, and are not present in other types of calcium supplements.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a serious condition in which the bones become Nutrients to Build Bone
brittle and fragile, leading to a higher risk of fractures than in normal
As well as microcrystalline hydroxyapatite, the following herbs, vitamins
bone. This occurs when bones lose minerals, such as calcium, more
and minerals also help to keep your bones healthy and strong:
quickly than the body can replace them. This leads to a loss of bone
thickness (i.e. a loss of bone mass or density). As the bones become • Epimedium - Is a herb shown to enhance bone strength, by
thinner and less dense, even a minor bump or accident can cause stimulating the activity of the cells that are responsible for bone
serious fractures. formation.
• Vitamin D - Is required for the absorption of calcium and
phosphorus. It is necessary for the proper growth and development
A Silent Disease of bones.
The most common sites affected by osteoporosis are bones in the • Magnesium - Is an important mineral for the growth and strength
hip, spine, wrist, ribs, pelvis and upper arm; however, any bone can of bone. Correct levels of magnesium are needed to ensure the
be affected by osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is often called the ‘silent proper utilisation of calcium in the growth of bone tissue.
disease’, as usually there are no signs or symptoms that bones are
thinning until a fracture occurs.
If you need extra calcium, talk to your Practitioner.
Osteoporosis is On The Rise Your Practitioner can also advise you on a natural
supplement that contains all of these nutrients in
Recent statistics show that in Australia, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3
men over 60 years of age will have an osteoporotic fracture in their one convenient tablet.
lifetime. In fact, every 8 minutes, someone is admitted to an Australian
hospital with an osteoporotic fracture. This is expected to rise to one Look After Your Bones
every 3 to 4 minutes by the year 2021, as our population ages. As well as supplements to reduce the risk of you developing osteoporosis
there are some simple diet and lifestyle changes that you can make,
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis including the following:
You can significantly increase your risk of developing osteoporosis by: • Eat a diet rich in high calcium foods, including dairy, almonds,
buckwheat, egg yolk, green leafy vegetables and sardines.
• Increase the amount of weight bearing exercise you do each week
• Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol (e.g. walking).
• Not getting enough sunlight exposure • Quit smoking.
• Leading a sedentary lifestyle • Decrease your alcohol intake.
• Eating a diet low in calcium • Make sure you get some mild sun exposure (i.e. just 10 to 15
minutes most days) to increase your natural vitamin D production.
Calcium is Vital For Bones
Calcium is a vital mineral required for the formation of strong bones, There is a lot that can be done to reduce your risk
as it helps increase the density and strength of bones. Calcium can of developing osteoporosis. For advice on diet
be found in some foods, particularly dairy. However, many people do
not get their recommended daily intake (RDI) of calcium from their and lifestyle modifications, as well as the best
diet. Fortunately, if you are not getting enough calcium from your supplements to minimise your risk of developing
diet, calcium can be taken in the form of a natural supplement. osteoporosis and bone fractures, come and see
our qualified Practitioners today.